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The Corresponence of James McNeil Whistler
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System Number: 10812
Date: [15 or 22 May 1899][1]
Author: JW
Place: Paris
Recipient: William Heinemann[2]
Place: [London]
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC 11/941
Document Type: TLc[3]


110 Rue du Bac -

Monday

Well then thats all right - I have had a letter from Webb[4] to the same effect - advising me to let it alone -

Also I had myself been thinking that perhaps one ought to ignore utterly the doings of the "ruffiani" of the streets -

"So" as you say -

But now, my dear Heinemann, do let me hear what are you doing - or what is to be done? - and in short all that I have been asking!

Another question unanswered - How many copies, Edition de Luxe is May[5] to give me? -

Get a copy of the Catalogue of the "International Exhibition[6]" - latest edition, and see my quotations under the pictures! -

I thought Pawling[7] was coming over here -

The butterflies[8] have come -

Of course the Baronet[9] must have given up all hope of prosecution -

Now let Pawling send for Thomson[10] and show him the letter - or tell him yourself - Or wait still if you think wiser - there is always time of course -

I daresay Thomson may have known something of the notice of the book in the 'Globe'. -

Well! Well! - I was so sure of your management of the Pall Mall! ! -

I shall be delighted to see you both here again -

Always

[butterfly signature]


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Notes:

1.  [15 or 22 May 1899]
This is part of a sequence of undated letters regarding the publication of a book, Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24], on 13 May 1899; see #09889, #04744 and #08521. 15 and 22 May 1899 were Mondays. A note in another hand on p. 1 reads 'May [?] '99.'

2.  William Heinemann
William Heinemann (1863-1920), publisher [more].

3.  TLc
There are numerous manuscript additions and corrections in this typescript copy, but since they probably represent the copyist's mistakes rather than the original, they have not been transcribed here.

4.  Webb
G. and W. Webb, JW's lawyers; they probably advised JW to disregard an article in the Phoenix to which JW had objected; see his earlier letter to Heinemann, #08800. JW was concerned to prevent unfavourable accounts of the Eden v Whistler case or his book.

5.  May
Louis-Henry May, printer [more], published Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24].

6.  International Exhibition
2nd Exhibition, Pictures, Drawings, Prints and Sculptures, International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, London, 1899.

7.  Pawling
Sidney Southgate Pawling (d. 1922), business partner of the publisher W. H. Heinemann [more].

8.  butterflies
Proofs for the book; JW had made designs for individual butterflies to suit particular sections of text, such as Butterfly design for 'L'Envoi' (M.1576).

9.  Baronet
Sir William Eden (1849-1915), painter and collector [more]. On 4 March 1895 Sir William Eden brought an action against JW for not handing over the portrait of his wife, Brown and Gold: Portrait of Lady Eden (YMSM 408). JW was not satisfied with the manner and amount of payment for it. Judgement went against JW. JW's appeal was heard in Paris in December 1897, the original judgement was reversed and he was allowed to keep the picture. It is now in the Hunterian Art Gallery. In Paris on 13 May 1899 JW published his account of the Eden case: Whistler, James McNeill, Eden versus Whistler: The Baronet and the Butterfly. A Valentine with a Verdict, Paris and New York, 1899 [GM, A.24]. He was still, however, nervous that Eden might sue him.

10.  Thomson
David Croal Thomson (1855-1930), art dealer [more].